22 Sep

Unblind the Mind | Silicon Brighton Leaders

Unblind the Mind | Silicon Brighton Leaders


Thursday 22nd September    
6:00pm - 7:30pm


Ironworks Studios
30 Cheapside, Brighton, BN1 4GD

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  • How can technology help people to push past the limits imposed on them?
  • What can your business do to improve the recruitment, retention and progression of diverse talent?
  • Who are the next generation of technologists and how can you inspire them?

Join us on the evening of Thursday 22nd September and gain a new perspective on how challenges can unleash – rather than limit – potential.

Broadcast live from Ironworks Studios, Silicon Brighton and Diverse Sussex present an inspiring evening exploring practical steps you can take within your organisation – from quick wins to long-term impactful changes – to drive diversity within your business, making you both a supplier and employer of choice.

Hear from Darren Harris, a dual Paralympian and England’s most capped and decorated blind footballer. Outside of sports he is a number one best-selling author, motivational speaker and transformational coach, and he has an amazing story to tell…

Darren received a life-changing diagnosis of cancer in both eyes aged 15 months, that would eventually result in him losing his sight. After graduating in 1995 with a maths degree, he spent the next nine years working in the technology industry by day and as a blind footballer by night.

Fast-forward to 2019, Darren ended his career as an England blind footballer, having made 157 appearances and won 10 world and European medals. But playing the game taught him more than he could have ever imagined about life’s biggest challenges.

Now, he works with organisational talent that want to change how they see themselves, other people, and the world around them so that they can achieve their true potential.

Darren will be joined by a panel to discuss the challenge of inequality in the technology sector.

A big thank you to our host sponsor, Ironworks Studios!


  • 7:00pm – 7:15pm | Welcome from Silicon Brighton & Diverse Sussex
  • 7:15pm – 8:00pm | Keynote with Darren Harris
  • 8:00pm – 8:30pm | Panel discussion

About Silicon Brighton

We’re a community-led initiative with a mission to support digital growth in the South East. Propelled by a shared belief that we can achieve more collectively than on our own, we provide individuals with free opportunities for networking, training, up-skilling and development; helping people to take their careers and businesses forward. Learn more about us here.

About Diverse Sussex

Powered by Silicon Brighton, our aim is to tackle inequality in the sector. Through the sharing of anonymised and aggregated data from businesses in Sussex’s tech community, we can identify where DEI challenges and imbalances lie within our organisations and work together to address them. Become a signatory today.

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